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About Us

By: Andrew Solomon - foreword,Peter Catapano - editor,Rosemarie Garland-Thomson - editor
Narrated by: Coleen Marlo,Jonathan Todd Ross
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Boldly claiming a space in which people with disabilities can be seen and heard as they are-not as others perceive them - About Us captures the voices of a community that has for too long been stereotyped and misrepresented. Speaking not only to those with disabilities, but also to their families, coworkers, and support networks, the authors in About Us offer intimate stories of how they navigate a world not built for them.

Since its 2016 debut, the popular New York Times "Disability" column has transformed the national dialogue around disability. Now, echoing the refrain of the disability rights movement, "Nothing about us without us," this landmark collection gathers the most powerful essays from the series that speak to the fullness of human experience - stories about first romance, childhood shame and isolation, segregation, professional ambition, child-bearing and parenting, aging and beyond.  

Reflecting on the fraught conversations around disability - from the friend who says "I don't think of you as disabled," to the father who scolds his child with attention differences, "Stop it stop it stop it what is wrong with you?" - the stories here reveal the range of responses, and the variety of consequences, to being labeled as "disabled" by the broader public.

©2019 The New York Times Company; Foreword copyright 2019 by Andrew Solomon (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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As a person with an invisible disability there were several stories that I could relate to. I think everyone who knows anyone with a disability should share this book with someone who doesn’t have a disability. Being heard is so valuable today, you may never understand, but hear me and see me, and acknowledge me, don’t dismiss me because I’m different or it may be a bit difficult to deal with me sometimes because I’m different! I have a disability and I’m different, but so are you!